Dwayne De Rosario

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Dwayne De Rosario
De Rosario playing for D.C. United in 2011
Personal information
Full nameDwayne Anthony De Rosario
Date of birth (1978-05-15) May 15, 1978 (age 40)
Place of birth Scarborough, Ontario, Canada
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) [1]
Playing position Attacking midfielder, Forward
Club information
Current team
Mississauga MetroStars
Number 14
Youth career
Malvern Majors
Senior career*
1997 Toronto Lynx 7 (3)
1997–1999 FSV Zwickau 12 (1)
1999–2000 Richmond Kickers 35 (17)
2001–2005 San Jose Earthquakes 108 (27)
2006–2008 Houston Dynamo 78 (24)
2009–2011 Toronto FC 57 (27)
2011 New York Red Bulls 13 (2)
2011–2013 D.C. United 68 (23)
2014 Toronto FC 19 (1)
2018– Mississauga MetroStars (indoor) 11 (8)
National team
1996–1997 Canada U20 8 (5)
1999–2000 Canada U23 11 (3)
1998–2015 Canada 81 (22)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league onlyand correct as of 22 March 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of March 16, 2018

Dwayne Anthony De Rosario (born May 15, 1978) is a Canadian professional soccer player, who plays as a forward or as an attacking midfielder. De Rosario currently plays for the Mississauga MetroStars of the Major Arena Soccer League. A versatile attacker, he played for the Toronto Lynx, FSV Zwickau and Richmond Kickers early in his career. He came to prominence in the 2000s playing in Major League Soccer for the San Jose Earthquakes, Houston Dynamo, Toronto FC, New York Red Bulls and D.C. United. A four-time MLS Cup champion, he also won the 2011 MLS Most Valuable Player award. He is the seventh-leading scorer in MLS history with 104 goals. [2]

Association football Team field sport

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Forward (association football) Association Football position played near the opponents goal

Forwards are the players on an association football team who play nearest to the opposing team's goal, and are therefore most responsible for scoring goals.

Mississauga MetroStars

Mississauga MetroStars are a professional indoor soccer team which plays its home games at the Paramount Fine Foods Centre in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. The team joined the Major Arena Soccer League for the 2018–19 season. The club will feature former Toronto FC players Dwayne DeRosario, Molham Babouli and Adrian Cann on the roster in its first season.


Internationally, De Rosario represented the Canadian national team from 1998 to 2015 where he is their all-time leading scorer, with 22 goals in 81 games. [3] De Rosario is a 2000 CONCACAF Gold Cup champion and four-time Canadian Player of the Year. As part of the Canadian Soccer Association's 2012 centennial celebration, he was honoured on the all-time Canada XI men's team. [4]

Canada mens national soccer team mens national association football team representing Canada

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The 2000 CONCACAF Gold Cup was the fifth edition of the Gold Cup, the soccer championship of North America, Central America and the Caribbean (CONCACAF), and the 15th overall CONCACAF tournament. It was held in Los Angeles, Miami, and San Diego in the United States. The format of the tournament changed from 1998; it was expanded to twelve teams, split into four groups of three. The top two teams in each group would advance to the quarter-finals. Peru and Colombia were invited from CONMEBOL, and the Republic of Korea were invited from AFC.

Canadian Soccer Association association football national governing body

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Club career

Early career

Born in Scarborough, Ontario, De Rosario is the son of Guyanese immigrants to Canada. [5] As a 14-year-old, De Rosario rejected an offer from A.C. Milan after a successful trial due to him not being ready to commit to living in Italy. [6]

Scarborough, Toronto Place in Ontario, Canada

Scarborough is an administrative division in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Situated atop the Scarborough Bluffs, it occupies the eastern part of the city. Scarborough is contained within the borders of Victoria Park Avenue on the west, Steeles Avenue to the north, Rouge River and the city of Pickering to the east, and Lake Ontario to the south. It borders Old Toronto, East York and North York in the west and the city of Markham in the north. Scarborough was named after the English town of Scarborough, North Yorkshire.

Ontario Province of Canada

Ontario is one of the 13 provinces and territories of Canada and is located in east-central Canada. It is Canada's most populous province accounting for 38.3 percent of the country's population, and is the second-largest province in total area. Ontario is fourth-largest jurisdiction in total area when the territories of the Northwest Territories and Nunavut are included. It is home to the nation's capital city, Ottawa, and the nation's most populous city, Toronto, which is also Ontario's provincial capital.

A.C. Milan italian association football club based in the city of Milan founded in 1899

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De Rosario began his professional career in 1997 at the age of 18, signing with the Toronto Lynx of the A-League. Halfway through the season, however, De Rosario opted to change clubs, signing with German side FSV Zwickau. After two seasons with Zwickau, De Rosario opted to return to North America, signing with the Richmond Kickers in 1999. After a slow 1999 season, in which he registered two goals and five assists, De Rosario exploded in 2000, contributing 15 goals and five assists while leading the team to a 20–6–1 record.

San Jose Earthquakes (2001–2005)

De Rosario warming up for a friendly while with San Jose Earthquakes in 2004 DwayneDeRosario.jpg
De Rosario warming up for a friendly while with San Jose Earthquakes in 2004

The next season, when Canadian Frank Yallop was named head coach of the San Jose Earthquakes, De Rosario was one of his first acquisitions. De Rosario proved Yallop's judgment right, scoring five goals and four assists in only 1,072 minutes for the Earthquakes in 2001, playing an important role as the team went on to win the MLS Cup; he scored the golden goal in the final and was named MLS Cup MVP. De Rosario had similar success in 2002, registering four goals and eight assists in 1,637 minutes, though the Quakes fell short of a repeat. In 2003, a torn ACL hobbled De Rosario for much of the season but he still managed to make a late surge, registering four goals and three assists in only 686 minutes and helping lead the team to a second MLS Cup championship. De Rosario played 1,211 minutes in 2004, scoring five goals, including the 2004 MLS Goal of the Year, and three assists. [7]

Frank Yallop Canadian footballer-manager

Frank Walter Yallop is a British-Canadian former professional soccer player and former head coach.

San Jose Earthquakes association football team in the United States

The San Jose Earthquakes are an American professional soccer team based in San Jose, California, United States, that competes as a member of the Western Conference of Major League Soccer (MLS). The franchise began play in 1996,, as one of the charter clubs of the league. The Earthquakes took part in the first game in MLS history, defeating D.C. United 1–0. The Earthquakes have won two MLS Cup titles, in 2001 and 2003, and two Supporters' Shields in 2005 and 2012. In 2002, the team played in its first CONCACAF Champions Cup, making it to the quarterfinals. The team holds a fierce rivalry with the LA Galaxy known as the California Clásico.

MLS Cup championship match of Major League Soccer

The MLS Cup is the post-season championship game of Major League Soccer (MLS). The winner is crowned champion in the same manner as in other North American sports leagues. This differs from other top soccer leagues around the world which consider the club with the most points at the end of the season to be the sole champion. MLS honors that achievement with the Supporters' Shield. A U.S.-based team that wins the MLS Cup is awarded one of that country's berths in the following year's CONCACAF Champions League.

In December 2004 De Rosario had a trial with Nottingham Forest, but he was not offered a contract by the team. [8]

Nottingham Forest Football Club, often referred to as simply Forest, is a professional football club based in West Bridgford, Nottinghamshire, England. Forest were founded in 1865 and have played home matches at the City Ground since 1898. They compete in the Championship, the second tier of the English football league system.

In 2005, following Landon Donovan's departure, De Rosario moved to midfield and promptly led MLS in assists with 13, while scoring nine goals, including the 2005 MLS Goal of the Year – the only player ever to receive that honour in two consecutive years – for a powerful bending free kick in the last regular season game against the Los Angeles Galaxy. [9] He was named to the MLS Best XI six times (2005–07, 2009–11). [7]

Landon Donovan American association football player

Landon Timothy Donovan is an American professional soccer player who plays for Major Arena Soccer League side San Diego Sockers. He holds numerous individual records in Major League Soccer (MLS) and for the United States national team and is regarded as one of the greatest U.S. men's soccer players of all time.

LA Galaxy American soccer team

The LA Galaxy, also known as the Los Angeles Galaxy, is an American professional soccer franchise based in the Los Angeles suburb of Carson, California, that competes in Major League Soccer (MLS), as a member of the Western Conference. The club began play in 1996 as one of the league's eight charter members.

The MLS Best XI is an annual acknowledgement of the best eleven players in Major League Soccer.

Houston Dynamo (2006–2008)

De Rosario in training with Houston Dynamo Dwayne De Rosario 031508.jpg
De Rosario in training with Houston Dynamo

Due to San Jose's failure to reach a stadium agreement with AEG, De Rosario, along with the rest of his Earthquakes teammates, moved to Houston for the 2006 season. During the 2006 MLS All-Star Game in Chicago, De Rosario scored the only goal of the game in the 70th minute to lift the MLS All Stars to a 1–0 win over Chelsea, a pre-season friendly for the London club. De Rosario was one of only four players on the MLS team to play the entire match.

De Rosario and the Houston Dynamo captured the 2006 MLS Cup title by beating the New England Revolution on November 12, 2006. The Dynamo won in a shootout, and De Rosario successfully converted his penalty kick. De Rosario signed a contract extension with Houston through 2010, where he was reported to make $325,000 per year. He was later transferred to Toronto before the end of his contract. [10]

The next year, De Rosario assisted on Joseph Ngwenya's equalizing goal and scored the winning goal of the 2007 MLS Cup final, giving Houston a 2–1 win over the Revolution and the Dynamo their second championship. De Rosario was named MLS Cup MVP, the first player ever to win the award twice. [11]

De Rosario made his third consecutive all-star appearance at the 2008 MLS All-Star Game in his home country, when the game was held in Toronto. He scored the decisive goal on a penalty kick in the 69th minute in the MLS All-Stars' 3–2 victory over West Ham United.

Toronto FC (2009–2011)

De Rosario playing for Toronto FC in 2010 DeRosario TFC 2010.jpg
De Rosario playing for Toronto FC in 2010

De Rosario was traded to Toronto FC on December 12, 2008 in return for Julius James and allocation money, after long speculation that De Rosario would move to his hometown club. [12] He made his competitive debut for Toronto FC on Saturday, March 21 against the Kansas City Wizards, setting up Jim Brennan for Toronto's first goal in a 3–2 victory. He scored his first goal for Toronto from a header in a 1–1 draw at BMO Field against FC Dallas.

De Rosario was expected to miss the first two to four weeks of Toronto FC's training camp due to a calf injury obtained in the January 31, 2010 match against Jamaica, [13] and returned to game action in Toronto's 1–0 preseason win versus the University of South Florida. [14]

On April 8, 2010, De Rosario was named captain of Toronto FC, the second in the club's history, after the retirement of Jim Brennan. [15] Two days later, De Rosario scored his first goal of the 2010 season, his team's first, in a 4–1 loss to the New England Revolution. [16]

On April 15, 2010, De Rosario scored twice in Toronto's 2–1 home opener win against the Philadelphia Union. [17] In his next game versus the Colorado Rapids, De Rosario scored his fourth goal of the season, and more importantly, became Toronto FC's all-time leading scorer in the regular season. [18] De Rosario again found the back of the net on April 25 in a 2–0 home win against Seattle Sounders FC, scoring the first goal, his fifth of the season. Until O'Brian White scored the second goal for Toronto, De Rosario had previously scored all of Toronto's goals up until that point in the season. [19] For his efforts in that game, he was awarded the MLS Player of the Week for week 5. [20] De Rosario was again honoured with the Player of the Week award on week 10 of the MLS season, for his two-goal performance against his former team the San Jose Earthquakes. De Rosario had scored the second and third goal in Toronto FC's 3–1 win. [21]

De Rosario continued to have a successful 2010 season for Toronto, culminating in a spot on the MLS All-Star team, scoring a goal in the 5–2 loss to Manchester United. [22]

On August 3, 2010, De Rosario scored against C.D. Motagua in the second leg of Toronto FC's CONCACAF Champions League preliminary round tie, which at the time, put TFC ahead on 2–1 on aggregate. They would eventually win 3–2 on aggregate. [23]

On December 28, De Rosario was confirmed to be on trial with Scottish Premier League club Celtic by manager Neil Lennon. [24] Dwayne and Celtic inquired about the possibility of a short-term loan deal until the MLS season kicked off in March, however new Toronto FC coach Aron Winter and the league denied any further negotiations. [25]

De Rosario scored the first Toronto goal of the 2011 season on March 19 in a 4–2 away defeat to Vancouver Whitecaps FC in what was the league's first all Canadian match up. The goal scored in the 20th minute was also the 8000th goal scored in Major League Soccer's history. [26]

New York Red Bulls (2011)

New York Red Bulls acquired De Rosario on April 1, 2011 in exchange for midfielder Tony Tchani, defender Danleigh Borman and a first round 2012 MLS SuperDraft pick. [27] He scored his first goal for New York on a penalty, as the second goal, in a 3–2 loss to Chivas USA. [28]

D.C. United (2011–2013)

De Rosario is challenged by Rich Balchan in a 2011 regular season match De rosario-balchan.jpg
De Rosario is challenged by Rich Balchan in a 2011 regular season match

D.C. United acquired De Rosario on June 27, 2011, in exchange for midfielder Dax McCarty. [29] He scored his first goal for the club against his former club New York Red Bulls on his return to Red Bull Arena. On July 30, 2011 his double gave United a 2–0 victory over former club, San Jose. On August 6, 2011 he led United to a 3–3 draw against Toronto F.C. with his hat-trick. All three goals were scored while United played with ten men following an early ejection of goalkeeper Bill Hamid. His second hat-trick was recorded on September 25, 2011 as he recorded all three goals in the span of 9 minutes, setting another MLS record. [30] De Rosario completed the season with a total of 16 goals and 12 assists over 32 games. Of those, 13 goals and 7 assists were made during his 17 games with United. [31]

On August 29, 2012, De Rosario scored his 100th MLS goal, in a 2–2 home draw against the Red Bulls. He was the seventh player to reach the milestone. [32]

Return to Toronto FC (2014)

After having his option declined by D.C. United, De Rosario returned to Toronto FC on December 18, 2013, after being chosen in the 2013 MLS Re-Entry Draft. [33] He officially signed with the club on January 9, 2014. [34] It was announced on December 3, 2014 that Toronto had declined the option to renew De Rosario's contract. [35]

Brief retirement

De Rosario announced his retirement on May 10, 2015, and that he would be taking an ambassador role with Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment. [36]

Mississauga MetroStars

In October 2018 De Rosario came out of retirement to sign with the newly-formed MASL club, the Mississauga MetroStars; he later scored his first goal for the club in the MetroStars's opening match, an 11–3 loss away to the Baltimore Blast. [37]

International career

De Rosario represented the Canadian U-20 team at the 1997 FIFA World Youth Championship, and the Canadian U-23 team at the 1999 Pan American Games in Winnipeg. He received his first senior cap for Canada on May 18, 1998 against FYR Macedonia at the age of 20. He won the 2000 CONCACAF Gold Cup with Canada and represented them as well at the 2001 FIFA Confederations Cup.

In 2007, De Rosario won the male Canadian Player of the Year award making it three consecutive years receiving the honour. In 2007, he scored five goals in eight games, the most in a year for the CMNT since John Catliff in 1993.

De Rosario was picked for his first CONCACAF Gold Cup in four years, after being selected by coach Stephen Hart in late May 2011 for the 23 man tournament roster. After a disappointing, 2–0 defeat to United States in the opening game of the group Canada failed to exit the group with a 1–1–1 record, they only managed to score two goals both from De Rosario at the penalty spot. [38] De Rosario continued his goal scoring for with two goals in the opening stage of 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification, one came against Saint Lucia in early September and the other against Saint Kitts and Nevis in mid November. His goal against Saint Kitts, was his 19th international goal which tied him as Canadian all-time top goal scorer with Dale Mitchell. [39] On December 14, De Rosario was awarded 2011 Canadian Player of the Year receiving 47.7% of the vote, Simeon Jackson in second and Josh Simpson finishing in third. This was the fourth time De Rosario was honoured with the award. [40] [41] On September 7, 2012 De Rosario scored his 20th goal for Canada in a 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification match against Panama, making him the all-time leading goal scorer for Canada. [3]

In De Rosario's final appearance for Canada, he scored a goal in a 1–1 draw with Iceland on January 19, 2015. [42]

Personal life

De Rosario adopted a strict vegan diet in 1994, [43] but started eating fish ten years later. [44] He is married to Brandy De Rosario and has four children. [44] His cousin is Olympic hurdler Priscilla Lopes-Schliep. [45]

Career statistics

International goals


1February 2, 2002 Rose Bowl, Pasadena Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea 2–1 2002 CONCACAF Gold Cup
2October 15, 2002 Easter Road, Edinburgh Flag of Scotland.svg  Scotland 1–3 Friendly
3October 11, 2003 Ratina Stadion, Tampere Flag of Finland.svg  Finland 2–3Friendly
4June 16, 2004 Richardson Memorial Stadium, Kingston Flag of Belize.svg  Belize 4–0 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification
5June 16, 2004Richardson Memorial Stadium, KingstonFlag of Belize.svg  Belize 4–02006 FIFA World Cup qualification
6October 13, 2004 Swangard Stadium, Burnaby Flag of Costa Rica.svg  Costa Rica 1–32006 FIFA World Cup qualification
7November 17, 2004 Estadio Mateo Flores, Guatemala City Flag of Guatemala.svg  Guatemala 1–02006 FIFA World Cup qualification
8June 1, 2007 Polideportivo de Pueblo Nuevo, San Cristóbal, Táchira Flag of Venezuela (state).svg  Venezuela 2–2Friendly
9June 11, 2007 Orange Bowl, Miami Flag of Haiti.svg  Haiti 2–0 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup
10June 11, 2007Orange Bowl, MiamiFlag of Haiti.svg  Haiti 2–02007 CONCACAF Gold Cup
11June 16, 2007 Gillette Stadium, Foxborough Flag of Guatemala.svg  Guatemala 3–02007 CONCACAF Gold Cup
12September 12, 2007 BMO Field, Toronto Flag of Costa Rica.svg  Costa Rica 1–1Friendly
13January 30, 2008 Stade Louis Achille, Fort-de-France Snake Flag of Martinique.svg  Martinique 1–0Friendly
14June 20, 2008 Saputo Stadium, Montreal Flag of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.svg  Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 4–1 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification
15June 20, 2008Saputo Stadium, MontrealFlag of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.svg  Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 4–12010 FIFA World Cup qualification
16June 11, 2011 Raymond James Stadium, Tampa Flag of Guadeloupe (local).svg  Guadeloupe 1–0 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup
17June 14, 2011 Livestrong Sporting Park, Kansas City Flag of Panama.svg  Panama 1–12011 CONCACAF Gold Cup
18September 2, 2011BMO Field, TorontoFlag of Saint Lucia.svg  Saint Lucia 4–1 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
19November 15, 2011BMO Field, TorontoFlag of Saint Kitts and Nevis.svg  Saint Kitts and Nevis 4–02014 FIFA World Cup qualification
20September 7, 2012BMO Field, TorontoFlag of Panama.svg  Panama 1–02014 FIFA World Cup qualification
21January 16, 2015 UCF Soccer and Track Stadium, Orlando Flag of Iceland.svg  Iceland 1–2Friendly
22January 19, 2015UCF Soccer and Track Stadium, OrlandoFlag of Iceland.svg  Iceland 1–1Friendly



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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Jim Brennan
Toronto FC captain
Succeeded by
Maicon Santos